IT was a case of third time unlucky for Richard Gottfried today as fate once again intervened to scupper a day out in the county town of Surrey.
The Luton-based follower of unusual pastimes had hoped to travel to Guildford for a game of bar billiards in the Royal Oak pub with friend and sometime adversary Oliver Florence.
But a flurry of snow fell on his route overnight and put paid to his plans – leaving him with an unexpectedly clear day in his busy schedule.
The cancellation of his trip due to the elements comes less than two years since his travel arrangements were hit by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.
The resultant ash cloud forced him to renege on his proposed trip round the M25.
Gottfried has endured a torrid relationship with Guildford over the years, ever since he was refused entry to the town’s Lido in September 2008 – despite the sun shining.
The snub threw in to disarray his aim of making the facility’s minigolf course the 70th visited on his worldwide playing tour.
“It’s unbelievable that a second planned visit to Guildford has been curtailed due to weather,” a downcast Gottfried lamented. “I was really looking forward to the visit as I’ve not been to Guildford since 2008.
“I’d also found out that the Royal Oak had a bar billiards table and that the town had a castle. I knew the Lido’s Crazy Golf would of been closed, but me and Ollie might of been able to have a game of Snow Crazy Golf at the Stoke Park Swedish Felt Minigolf course.”
All is not lost however, with exciting plans in the pipeline for the staging of a series of challenges later in the year.
The Guildford Games will see Gottfried and Florence face off in a contest involving minigolf, darts, bar billiards and ‘some sort of game involving the castle’ – possibly building a castell.
Burpham-based Florence said: “The finer details are still to be resolved but it would be nice to have some sort of competition, as long as Richard turns up this time.”
Gottfried added: “Ollie’s suggestion of a tournament of multiple games in Guildford sounds brilliant.
“I can’t wait to finally play the minigolf at the Lido and I’m particularly looking forward to the ‘some sort of game involving Guildford castle.’
“Roll on more clement weather.”